Cannabis for Chronic Pain: A Proven Prescription for Using Marijuana to Relieve Your Pain and Heal Your Life, by Dr. Rav Ivker, Touchstone, 2017, hardcover, 368 pages.
After decades of working as a holistic family physician, Dr. Rav Ivker woke up one day in March 2015 with pain that felt like he was “being electrocuted,” he writes in his new book. It was a classic case of shingles, and it hit him hard, including moments when the pain was off the charts. In his second week with the condition, he turned to medical marijuana, which he says reduced his pain levels from the 8–10 range to a functional 3–4. In Ivker’s book, which he was inspired to write due to his experience with shingles, he guides readers through the cannabis and holistic treatments for arthritis, back pain, migraines, fibromyalgia, depression, cancer-related pain, and other conditions. And he dispels the misconceptions that a person has to smoke or eat cannabis for it to be effective.